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The Art of Blackwork Embroidery

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Blackwork is a very old kind of counted thread embroidery, which according to tradition originated in Spain and was brought to England by Catherine of Aragon in the 16th century. It appears as a decoration on collars and sleeves in many Tudor portraits, notably in examples by Hans Holbein, so that the double-running stitch on which it is based is often called the Holbein s ...more
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published October 1st 1975 by Macmillan Pub Co
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Gwnhwyfer
Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lots of patterns and sample projects. Unlike other blackwork books I've found (though I haven't found many), the history of blackwork is heavily covered. Drysdale focuses more on the actual patterns, which is great!
Paige
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts, library
One of the best blackwork resources I've been able to find. Although it's over four decades old now, it has a lot of very useful material - not just a brief historical overview plus how-to with a wide selection of blackwork motifs and patterns, but some very astute advice on light vs dense patterns, designing your own patterns, etc.
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